“I told our players at halftime that Ringgold was a team that does not quit,” said Kremer, knowing all too well that his opponent Friday night had trailed Gordon Central 27-0 before losing 27-26 a week earlier.
The Adairsville coach definitely knew what he was talking about as Ringgold nearly pulled off the impossible when it took a 38-37 lead at 2:20 of the fourth quarter.
Ringgold had trailed 37-22 before staging its comeback that included two touchdowns and two successful two-point conversions.
“It was incredibly nerve-racking to see a big lead disappear so quickly,” Kremer said. “Fortunately, we were able to keep our poise and be able to win it at the end.”
It also was fortunate that Dakota Hines was given a second chance to kick the game-winning field goal from 37 yards out.
Hines first attempt from 30 yards on second-and-10 from Ringgold’s 13-yard line was blocked.
On the botched attempt, Kremer instructed holder Kyle Adams “to fall to the ground with the ball if the snap was high.”
The snap was indeed high, but Hines went through with the kick anyway. The snap was perfect on the second attempt.
“I felt confident that we would score after Ringgold took the lead,” Kremer said. “We have the team that can drive the field against anybody, at anytime.”
To read the rest of this story, please purchase a copy of The Daily Tribune News at your nearby news rack or subscribe to the E-edition.